CQUni Mackay trade apprentices boosted by JTAcademy motivational workshops

Published:12 February 2020

CQUni Mackay's trade apprentices participated in a series of motivational workshops with the JTAcademy and Field Mining Services on 12 February.

CQUniversity Mackay Ooralea’s trade apprentices were left inspired and motivated thanks to a series of workshops by the Johnathan Thurston Academy and the Field Mining Services Group.

Held at the Mackay Ooralea Trade Centre, the apprentices heard from JTA and FMS specialists on ways to build confidence, and potential employment pathways in the mining industry with ‘JTSucceed’.

The workshops were a first for JTA, FMS and CQUni.

“It seemed a natural step to partner with CQUni and bring the JTSucceed workshops to students at its Ooralea Trade Centre, given these young people are currently developing the skills and capabilities to build their trade careers,” JTA General Manager Samantha Johnson said.

“By all accounts, the mining industry in Australia needs 20 000 new workers in the coming five years, which provides a major opportunity for young people to undertake an apprenticeship and then consider a future in the mines.

“JTSucceed workshop participants will walk away feeling confident, proud and, most importantly, good about themselves and the people around them. We use Johnathan’s personal journey and experiences as examples that inspire through learning and storytelling.

“Johnathan is a strong positive influence and role model. It is critical to note that Johnathan's well-published messages speak directly from his sincere passion for our nation's youth and his indigenous culture.

“In doing so, this organically creates an experience that fosters group cohesion, community, shared responsibility and a greater sense of self-belief and identity.”

Ryan Nutt, CQ Operations Manager, Field Mining Services Group said the workshops also created connections between apprentices and the workforce.

“We know that Queensland businesses can’t expect to attract the quality candidates we need without actively connecting tertiary students and apprentices to the workforce,” Mr Nutt said.

“That’s why Field Mining Services Group has partnered with the Johnathan Thurston Academy and CQUni, and why we are bringing the JTSucceed workshop programme to CQUni students.”